Podcast: I’m not underprepared, but I’m running out of time – Inglês Online

Podcast: I’m not underprepared, but I’m running out of time

By Ana Luiza | Podcast Inglês Online

Dec 31
Inglês - Podcast I’m not underprepared, but I’m running out of time

Hey, everyone!

Hoje tem mais um podcast onde eu uso várias expressões que já apareceram em dicas aqui no blog (o primeiro foi esse).


Hi, everyone! What’s up? It’s December and this is our last podcast of 2010. So I thought… let’s wrap up 2010 with another ‘recap’ podcast. I’ve done this before and lots of people told me they enjoyed it, so today we have another one. So for this episode I put together a little story with expressions that have been talked about in previous English tips or podcasts at Inglês Online.

Also, this little story I came up with took place at some point in the past. So I’m going to use lots of actions in the past: “She thought”, “she looked”, “she said”… I’m also gonna talk about stuff that happened before the time of the story, before that point in the past. So I’m gonna say stuff like “she had been…” and “she hadn’t been” (here’s another podcast where I did that)

OK, so first, listen to the story and then, you’ll be able to click… There are some expressions that are hyperlinked and you can click them to find the lesson or the tip about that expression.

So, ready? Here’s the story:

OK, so this little story took place in June of… last year. Let’s say this girl, Holly, had been studying hard for an Italian exam, and let’s say she started studying for this exam in February. It was June now, so she had been studying for four months, right? Well, her exam was an important one because if she passed it, she would be able to work as a teacher at the Italian Language Institute, and that was her dream.

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So on the day of the exam she woke up early. She looked at the alarm clock. It was 8am. Holly thought “I’m so ready for this exam”. They got to talking...

But isn’t it funny how things don’t always work out the way we want them to? Here’s what happened that morning:

It was around 9:30 and Holly was flipping through the pages of her Italian grammar book when the phone rang. She answered the phone with a “Pronto!”

“Hey! Studying Italian?” said the voice at the other end of the line.

Holly recognized the voice. It was her friend Karen.

“Hey, Karen… My “pronto” gave it away, huh?”

Karen said “Actually, you told me you had an exam today… Have you been studying much these days?”

And Holly answered “You know me… I wouldn’t go to this thing underprepared.”

But here’s the thing: Karen had just been to their high school reunion, so she was up to date on all the gossip about their old classmates. So Holly and Karen got to talking, and when Holly finally looked at her watch she realized she had 15 minutes to get to the Institute in time for the exam.

Holly rushed out of the house saying “Karen, I’m running out of time. Oh my God, I can’t believe this!” She walked over to the bus stop and saw the bus she was supposed to take… going away.

– Karen, my bus has just left. What am I gonna do?

And Karen said “Hey, relax. I can drive you to the Institute.”

“That’s nice of you to offer” said Holly. “But… you’re too far away, you’ll never be here in time. I think I’m just gonna walk.”

And Karen said “No way! You’re gonna be all sweaty when you get there if you walk! You should call a cab.”

Karen was right. Holly hung up and dialed the number for the only cab company she knew and… Well, to make a long story short, the cab company had gone out of business and Holly missed the exam.  So she had to fork out another two hundred dollars in order to be able to take the exam at a later date.

But hey, at least this time she passed!



let’s wrap up 2010 = vamos fechar 2010

this little story I came up with = essa estorinha que eu inventei

Pronto! = o que os italianos dizem ao atender o telefone. Em inglês, “pronto” quer dizer ‘já, agora’. Ex.: I want the report on my desk pronto.

things don’t always work out = as coisas nem sempre acontencem

But here’s the thing = aí é que tá

high school reunion = encontro da turma da escola (de 5 anos, 10 anos, etc)

up to date on all the gossip = atualizada em toda a fofoca

  • Leandro says:

    Thank’s very much for this website. I’m learning how to speak English and this site its very important for who need speak this language. I have a suggestion. I would like that you explain us about the verb take.

  • dora says:

    I learned some good expressions with this podcast. Thanks

  • Raquel says:

    This is an AMAZING site! I really enjoyed your podcast. Thank you very much for all your help.

  • Murilo says:

    Oh, now I saw. It was on top, how stupid am I?! raspberry

    Sorry and thanks smile

  • Ana Luiza says:

    Murilo, my podcast IS on iTunes!
    Have you tried to find it?

  • Murilo says:

    Did you ever thought to put your podcast into iTunes?
    I think if you do this it will became much better to follow your blog wherever we are.

  • Mari says:

    Very good podcast, thank you.

  • Luis says:

    Almost the same thing happened to me in Vestibular! But I got in time for the tests.

  • Mateus says:

    Não sabia que pronto era alô em italiano, mas tem gente que fala Pronto aqui também.

  • Fernanda says:

    I forked out 200 reais in taxes last year!! Cool expression.

  • Ana Luiza says:

    Hi everyone – thanks for popping in!

    Josimar – nice expression! Yes, we could say “she got up on the wrong side of the bed”

  • gustavo says:

    brigadao pelos podcasts, ajudam muito smile

  • Josimar Machado. says:

    Poor girl, she got up on the wrong side of bed that day kkk anyway, great post without a doubt! I hope that 2011 be even better smile thanks a lot!

  • Luciano says:

    Very good. Congratulations!
    It’s great to study english here!
    All the best.

  • Janiele says:

    I loved this podcast! Very good!

  • Linus says:

    Nice podcast, and very useful. Please continue! I’m enjoying.

  • Mariana says:

    Very nice podcast! Gostei mais ainda porque tem os links para outras dicas. Thank you!

  • Steve says:

    Hey Ana!
    I popped in and took a listen to your podcast!
    It’s a great way to review past verb tenses!

    All the best!


  • marcelino gomes de oliveira says:

    this site is marvelous. I like to study english here. It’s easy learning english on it.


  • Gil says:

    Muito bom, fechou o ano com chave de ouro!

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